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Bullock sweeps People's Choice Awards
Written by JESSICA HERNDON, AP Film Writer   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:13

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Bullock reigned supreme at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards, taking home four trophies as the evening's top winner.

The actress was named favorite movie actress, comedic actress, dramatic actress and shared the favorite movie duo award with "Gravity" co-star George Clooney. Bullock's buddy comedy, "The Heat," co-starring Melissa McCarthy, was awarded favorite comedic movie.

Fans deemed Ellen DeGeneres their favorite daytime TV host, making her the woman who has gained the most People's Choice Awards with a total of 14 trophies.

"As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People's Choice Awards I...I mean 12, yes. 13, maybe. But 14?" joked DeGeneres, host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," who said that she wanted to make the show for everyone from old, young, black, white, guy and straight.

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Missing Oregon boy found alone on school bus
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:12

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — An Albany, Ore., woman says she suffered "a parent's worst nightmare" after a school called to inquire whether her 9-year-old autistic son was coming to class.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/qXxAsV ) that Ashlee Ellefson's son Lyfe Ellefson-Hamar was found alone on a school bus Tuesday, still wearing his seat belt.

A Greater Albany Public School District spokesman says the boy spent nearly an hour in the empty bus garage before a district employee tracked him down once officials at Timber Ridge School determined that the third-grader wasn't still at home.

District spokesman Jim Haggart says a special needs bus driver had failed to check for students before he left the bus. The spokesman says the driver has been placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated. Haggart apologized on behalf of the district.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com


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Experts withdraw from Internet security conference
Written by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least eight researchers or policy experts have withdrawn from an Internet security conference after the sponsor reportedly used flawed encryption technology deliberately in commercial software to allow the National Security Agency to spy more easily on computer users.

RSA Security, owned by data storage giant EMC Corp., has disputed claims it intentionally introduced the flawed encryption algorithm, but otherwise has declined to discuss what a published report last month described as a $10 million government contract.

The revelation supplemented documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showing that the NSA tried to weaken Internet encryption.

The pullouts from the highly regarded RSA Conference represent early blowback by technology researchers and policy experts who have complained that the government's surveillance efforts have, in some cases, weakened Internet security even for innocent users.

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Utah mom to give birth to daughter's daughter
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:09

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks — to her first grandchild.

Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law after the couple struggled with fertility problems.

Navarro's daughter Lorena McKinnon said she began trying to have a baby with her husband, Micah McKinnon, three years ago.

The 32-year-old Provo woman said she's had about a dozen miscarriages, with the longest pregnancy lasting 10 weeks.

After several tries, the couple began looking for a surrogate. McKinnon said a friend and sister both considered carrying her baby, but ultimately decided against it.

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Two killed, five hurt in fire at California group home
Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:28

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others were injured, including a firefighter, in an early morning fire Wednesday at a group home for developmentally disabled women in California, authorities said.

The blaze broke out about 5:45 a.m. in a residential neighborhood of Santa Ana, according to Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi.

The caretaker, a 71-year-old woman, was in the kitchen preparing food for the day when a smoke alarm went off, Concialdi said. She found a mattress on fire in one of two front bedrooms, and the flames quickly spread to the rest of the house, he said.

The caretaker was critically injured while attempting to rescue residents, sustaining burns to her face and arms, and had to be rescued from the house herself by firefighters, Concialdi said.

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